Viktor Orban met with Vladimir Putin: The first prime minister from the EU to do so

The meeting took place in Beijing prior to an international forum centered around the Belt and Road Initiative

by Sead Dedovic
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Viktor Orban met with Vladimir Putin: The first prime minister from the EU to do so
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, making him the first leader of a European Union country to have a face-to-face discussion with the Russian president since the beginning of Russia's aggression against Ukraine in February 2022.

Although many thought that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine would last a short time, it seems that this conflict could last a long time. Orban has expressed support for Russia many times in the past, unlike most politicians around the world.

This has angered many, but Orbán does not look back on others, and seems to have set goals that he is trying to achieve. The meeting took place in Beijing prior to an international forum centered around the Belt and Road Initiative, one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's key policies.

The focus of their discussion was Hungary's access to Russian energy resources. Orban wants to take advantage of this situation and benefit from the whole story.

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This meeting marked the end of a nearly 20-month period during which Western leaders refrained from engaging with Putin due to his invasion of Ukraine.

Orbán conveyed to Putin that Hungary has always sought to maintain contact and avoid conflicts with Russia. He also acknowledged that bilateral relations between the two countries have been strained due to EU sanctions against Moscow.

Orbán's support for Putin sets him apart from many other European leaders, which has been a source of surprise for many. The future of Hungary and Russia's relationship remains uncertain, and it remains to be seen if their good relations will persist.

While such policies may raise concerns about their alignment with the broader European direction, it is hard to fully understand the underlying motivations in this complex situation. Further analysis and understanding of the broader context are necessary to gain a greater perspective on the matter.

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